Multiplied, Need to Breathe

Went to lunch with my bff from Jr. High. She asked if I’d bought this c.d. yet. No, I hadn’t but I had meant to. Lunch dates are for buying great c.d.’s on sale at Family Bookstore.  :D

 

I pick up my girls from camp today and what have they been singing all week, well, among many, yes, Multiplied. It makes me smile big.

 

 

 

cool science

Hello. My name is Sarah. I am a Christian.

I also love science. These are not mutually exclusive facts.

In college, I enjoyed, yes enjoyed, Inorganic Chemistry 1 & 2, Organic Chemistry 1 & 2, Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology. I ate those classes up, smacked my lips and longed for more.

The secular science classes stirred my philosophical side to life and prodded me to start asking the big “Why?” None of my teachers had those kind of answers. None even attempted to answer. Where man fell short, God intervened. And in a lab one day, my whole world shifted and inverted as He answered my first prayer. The prayer that began with Who are you?

But I digress.

Because of my love of nature and our understanding of our world, automatic articles from science outlets arrive in my email box at regular intervals. I like to read a variety of such. Varying sources do not discourage me. They do not have to line up with my beliefs about creation. Sifting through the beauty and intricacy of our known world, man’s “theories”, some hypothetical, some proven, makes my brain happy.

This weeks fun pondering?

Should the Higgs Boson Have Caused Our Universe to Collapse 

This article came from EarthSky News via The Royal Astronomical Society.

My mom had shared articles with me about the “God” Particle when it was first being discovered and shared with the world, she thought it good fodder for a story I am working on. I agreed.

The physics and the math are way to complex for my brain, but the general concepts I am able to enjoy pondering.

And as I read this latest bit of science news I wondered at scripture. That it has the answers.

Paul, a zealous God following Pharisee, had an intimate, blinding experience on a road. This led to his repentance and understanding that Christ, was indeed, God. This heartfelt knowledge would cost him his life.

He wrote a letter to the Colossians relating a fundamental belief of the early church, that all things, ALL things are held together through Christ.

Colossians 1:15-23

15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of[a] your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.

I think we will find, at the end of the age, that He is the one holding all things together. All things. And yes, I do believe it is that simple.

And she realizes she is 14.

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One of her birthday wishes was for a working manual typewriter. The other, whether she knew it or not, was for a small baby blue Fujifilm Instax Mini-8 Instant Film Camera. Her mom and sisters were pretty certain this item was a must have for any young girl turning 14. It ranked up there with finger nail polish, a cute swimsuit  & bands for her latest hobby.

Her nod to the past when life was a little slower paced. She’s the type who enjoys being a girlie tomboy playing in a treehouse, reading books in the pool, giggling with friends on the trampoline. Fireflies fascinating in the background, that’s what it is to be 14 and not quite grown up…yet.

When I was fourteen, it was the summer of 1983. I too, had a film camera, my Mom’s old manual clacker and life was fair. My best friend was about to move overseas, a move I was not in favor of. Change was in the air. I had graduated from East Jr. High in Ponca City, and would begin the longer daily hike to Po-Hi, where it actually was uphill and downhill a few times.

I would look at my sister’s Seventeen magazine with curiosity. My friends were beginning to show interest in make up.

My sister had preceded me by two grades and I would come to find that at a bigger school I would rarely run into my sibling unless it was planned and protocol.

My daughters are together a lot. They even seem to like each other on occasion. The oldest is 27, the youngest now 14. Four girls spanning over fourteen years. One boy interjected in the middle like a lone masculine title sandwiched between feminine book ends. I’ve always said that would make him a better, more understanding husband.

But this isn’t about him, it is about her. The baby in the family and the gift she is to us.

We do thank God for you, sweet girl.  Happy 14! May you ever find His favor! : )

 

 

 

live like we are

live like we are

 

Top ten ways to live life as though you were at the beach:

  1. awaken with a sense of adventure
  2. take a friend by the hand and go look for treasures along the shore
  3. begin the day with thanksgiving and awe at the beauty of His creation
  4. inhale deeply, exhale slowly
  5. enjoy the freedom in Christ that is your gift from Him
  6. love deeply
  7. learn to surf the waves of life, realizing that being capsized is part of the ride, get back on quickly
  8. beware of the sharks that would devour your peace and joy
  9. watch out for the undertow, i.e. bitterness, envy, gossip
  10. immerse yourself in His forgiveness that you may extend it to others

The Best, Oswald Chambers, 1893

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(beauty in the mundane, 2014)

 

 

THE BEST

Nearer than Home and than dearest,

Nearer than near or than nearest;

Nearer than breath,

Nearer than death

Is the sweet spirit of Jesus.

 

Dearer than all that is nearest,

Dearer than dear or than dearest,

Dearer than sight,

Dearer than light

Is the communion with Jesus.

Cool Science.

  • OUTERSPACE 

SpaceEngine – a free space simulation program that lets you explore the universe in three dimensions, from planet Earth to the most distant galaxies. Areas of the known universe are represented using actual astronomical data, while regions uncharted by astronomy are generated procedurally. Millions of galaxies, trillions of stars, countless planets – all available for exploration. You can land any planet, moon or asteroid and watch alien landscapes and celestial phenomena. You can even pilot starships and atmospheric shuttles.

 

  • TERRESTRIAL 

Mauritius’ Hidden Underwater Waterfall, click for link to Huffington article about same

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  • INNERSPACE :D

My Heart is Fixed on You

I hear a classical strain of music and I think of You.

I see a sunrise, beams broad, light so light and I think of You.

The storms roll through and thunder and flash and You are there.

I feel the love of my friends and I know You orchestrated our meeting.

I feel the hug from my children and I am amazed at Your love.

Oh Father, my heart is fixed on You and I thank You.

You, my Music. You, my Light. You, my Awe. You, my Gift Giver. You, my Love.

You, my All in All.